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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 18, 2010 6:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ten Yrs After (non DEAD)

Thanks Wayne--yep, I didn't know him by name, and I do love that style (?) which reminds me so much of Jack B...they really are working it as true "lead" bass, and though Phil is a master at that, it just comes across that they both really know what they are doing (duh), and yet achieving a "clean" sound with it rather than distorted or "squishy/spread out" (not sure that makes sense) bass (another example would be JEnt with the Who).

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Feb 18, 2010 7:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ten Yrs After (non DEAD)

That fat fender bass sound you describe, is also heard with Noel Redding of JHE fame . Phil had,and has such a unique conception on the bass ( classical , advnt-jazz) . and often , helped by his equipment choice , had/has definitely beautiful tone, not just a thick thud .
Sort of Dead related, and definitely TYA related, is pretty funny story in Bill Graham's auto-bio. concerning the band . He relates how he had problems with most rock groups drum solos . He grew up listening to great latin and jazz bands, where the drumming was exceptional , and he though that most rocks bands drum solos came of rather pedestrian in comparison . He especially thought the solo's by TYA's drummer ( Alvin's brother ?)To be found wanting . So he goes to Vegas to get Buddy Rich to open for TYA . I can't do justice to the whole thing, you will have to read it . Buddy, as foul, and misanthropic a human as ever played music, fights it the whole way, with torrents of obscenities , but takes the gig ( his band members signaling to Graham behind his back, "Go on", "yes" etc.).
Everyone is yelling "Alvin !" "Alvin !", before the show . Short story is that Rich, blows everybody's mind with a drum solo that that the Filmore had not seen the likes of . After that, everybody goes nuts , and starts yelling "Buddy", "Buddy!" . Bill says , he approaches TYA's drummer, and says , "I'm looking forward to your drum solo tonight ". They didn't do a drum solo that night .

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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 18, 2010 8:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Ten Yrs After (non DEAD)

Ha--great one! Yes, I often lamented this exact fault (?) of drummers, including of course, our two DEAD boys.

The only one I find the exception, and why I rank him # 1 among the R&R types, is of course, GBaker, with the musical background to fit somewhat with your thesis...always loved seeing your fellow on JCarson show!